Originally Posted by Razzy
Get a beater bike. You're better off learning everything on it than selling it. Cheaper and beginner bikes like 250's hold there value.
Dropping or making a beginner mistake on a new BMW or what not will hurt a lot more. Besides, the amount of things you will learn on a light and agile bike will be great for your confidence and the likelyhood of being scared of a bigger bike is less likely.
Yeap, I understand that most people says to get a beater bike. But I am fairly competent driver and years of road/commuting biking experience, I think I will be fine.
All these bikes are considered middleweight, which is only 50-100 lbs heavier than the beat up Suzuki TU250X or the Honda 250 Nighthawk that I am using at the MSF course. Hell, the Triumph and the BMW feels even lighter the 250s considering how well the weight is distributed around the chassis. As long as I respect the throttle, I am think will be more than ok on those bikes, considering I will be able stop much better and shorter than an old beater if the needs ever arise.